For my “Comparing Values” assignment in Workshop A (Virtual Art Academy), I was to:
“Sketch the shapes in a landscape, interior scene, or still life setup, using an outline drawing and write in the value of each shape using a number from one to nine. Do 24 of these sketches using different compositions and subjects. It is best if you can sketch from life, then take a photograph to show what you were sketching. Do an outline study, without shading.”
Here’s one of the photos I worked with . . .
I converted the photo into a grayscale image in Photoshop Elements so I could compare the values of the colours.
Then I made a outline drawing of the basic shapes. The instructions included, among other things, that we were to:
- Ignore small shapes by squinting to make them blend into larger shapes of one average value. This will also simplify the scene.
- Do not worry too much about the exact shapes you see. We are only interested in trying to identify the correct value of each shape. Leave the accurate drawing to later.
I decided take the assignment a little further by creating a painting of it using W&N Artisan water mixable oil paints on a sheet of 9″x12″ canvas “paper.” Quite an interesting exercise. Think I’m starting to get a grasp on this values thing.